by Elizabeth Owen
IDW Publishing’s “X-Files Conspiracy – The Crow” is full of drama. It opens with a very dramatic and emotional scene. It’s truly a story of vengeance and lost love. Denton J. Tipton wrote a great story but it didn’t feel like a part of the series since it really didn’t include much of the Lone Gunmen’s struggle to save humanity. It did include enough to continue the story but it wasn’t like the others in the series where it felt like the Lone Gunmen’s mission was the main story. I was hoping for more answers but didn’t really get any. It was a great story though and I did enjoy it very much. It was such a gripping story that I could not stop reading it for even a second.
Vic Malhotra did a great job on the art and Matthew Lopes brought it to life with vivid color. I was worried that this issue would just be dark and washed out since it involved the X-Files and The Crow which are both dark series historically. I was so pleasantly surprised to find it bright and energetic. I loved the dark colored caption boxes for the crows dialog. I thought that was interesting. The layout was very classic and well done.
Overall the book held a great story, some stunning art, and was a fun read but I just feel it didn’t include enough of the Lone Gunmen’s plot to move it along or give any answers. I would still recommend it though as it truly was a dramatic read.